5 minutes, 20 slides, a big room full of strangers and video cameras. I was shaking in my pants and had a quiver in my voice while I spoke about my quest to remove shame and guilt from the mothering experience. The crowd at Ignite Ithaca 2* was really supportive, I got hugs and encouragement galore while limping around with one leg in a normal shoe, the other in my husband’s black crock and an air-cast (just a sprain, still a pain). I don’t like public speaking, but I better get used to this. You can’t change the cultural conversation about anything, let alone postpartum depression, without speaking up in front of a crowd. So once again, I am practicing stepping out of my comfort zone, trying to give my fear its due-respect and do the scary anyway.
I got handsomely rewarded that night: hugs from strangers can be disconcerting, but the ones I got there were nothing but sweet. Postpartum depression touches so many and is spoken of by so few, that it is no wonder people are actually relieved when I bring it up.
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